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Fishing report, June 13

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Jun 13, 2013
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Willow Springs Lake
High country trout hot spots include Crescent Lake, Big Lake, Nelson Reservoir, and the Greer lakes in the Springerville and Greer areas, Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes in the Rim lakes area, and Show Low Creek, Show Low Lake and Silver Creek in the Show Low-Pinetop area.

Show Low Lake and Fool Hollow Lake, in particular, have great trout fishing, as well as walleye, some of the best eating fish in the state. The state inland waters, hook-and-line walleye record was caught at Show Low Lake. It was a 16-pound, 1.76-ounce toad landed by Gregg Munch of Show Low on Nov. 18, 2002. If records were made to be broken, this one’s more than a decade overdue.

In the Flagstaff area, Kaibab Lake is scheduled to be stocked with trout and has been giving up some rainbows on worms fished 3 feet under a bobber.  The lake contains self-sustaining populations of bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish and largemouth bass. 

Fishing for these species is better during the warmer parts of the year (June-August).  In 2011, juniper trees were placed in the lake to increase the habitat for the warm water species, especially the bass, bluegill and crappie. Give Kaibab a try. If you’re targeting trout, successful trout anglers typically use 4 or 6 pound test line -- never heavier. The lighter the line, the more invisible it is to the trout. Use smaller hooks (No. 8 and smaller) when fishing for trout. Two of the most successful baits for trout are scented dough bait, such as Power Bait, and worms.


Warm water fish such as bass and crappie are starting to get more active on the lakes around Williams on microjigs and small bead-head flies fished under a bobber or with a fly rod.  Fossil Creek, by the way, is closed to fishing.

The Fish&Boat map includes locations and directions for all these fisheries.  Keep in mind that the Google-based maps are for reference only and don't guarantee the fatest route.

Also, view the entire summer trout stocking schedule.

A hot spot for top-water action has been at Roosevelt Lake. Although James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods said that the top-water bite slowed a bit last week, it’s a good bet that anglers can watch bass crash their lures early and late in the day. Bass are feeding on shad schools, so watch for those boils that indicate bass are chasing shad. At Rosy, this usually occurs in shallow water coves or on shorelines, but boils have been reported all over the lake.


Another morning surface-busting striper bonanza is going off at Lake Havasu from 5:30-7 a.m. (See John Galbraith’s report).

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Lake Powell
Finally, it’s a great time of the year to visit Lake Powell. See Wayne Gustaveson’s tips in the full report. Slurping boils are strong in the morning and evening from Oak Canyon to the muddy waters of the San Juan.  The hottest spot now, Gustaveson wrote, is directly under the chain link fence marking the power plant intake east of Antelope Point Marina.  Although some 90 percent of anglers target stripers, the smallmouth bass and walleye action can be fast and furious as well.

At the Urban Fishing program waters, the spring catfish stocking season, which included seven deliveries of fish every other week, is ending with its final stocking from June 10-15.

Are you a proud Arizona angler? Show off that pride by picking up the latest design of the “Fish AZ” bumper sticker. Since the last edition, this back end ornament has gone from yellow to gold -- pretty slick.

The sticker can be picked up at the front counter of Game and Fish offices in Phoenix, Mesa, Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma and Tucson. See the office locations.

Arizona Game and Fish to provide summertime mussel prevention outreach


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PHOENIX -- You might have seen the “Don’t Move a Mussel” signs that have been at some statewide lakes. Now the Arizona Game & Fish Aquatic Invasive Species Program will be providing quagga mussel educational opportunities at Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Lake and Lake Havasu throughout the summer.


In an effort to reduce the spread and introduction of this serious invasive species, the outreach efforts will encourage boaters to clean, drain and dry their boats. Here is a rundown:

  • June 15-16 at Lake Pleasant: Game and Fish wildlife managers and boating enforcement will be at the boat ramps to speak with watercraft users and hand out “Don’t Move a Mussel” information such as “pull your plug cards.”

 

  • June 21 at Bartlett Lake: The Game and Fish Aquatic Invasive Species Program, along with personnel from the Tonto National Forest and Salt River Project, will hold “Bartlett Decon Day,” speaking with boaters and passing out invasive mussel prevention information. Mobile watercraft decontamination demonstration opportunities will also be available.

 

  • July 27-28 and Aug. 10-11 at Lake Havasu: Game and Fish Aquatic Invasive Species Program personnel (non-law enforcement) will be at boat ramps to speak with boaters and hand out “Don’t Move a Mussel” information such as “pull your plug cards,” on July 27-28. On Aug. 10-11, law enforcement personnel will perform the same outreach.


Quagga mussels are highly prolific, small, freshwater bi-valve mollusks originating from Eastern Europe that are triangular with dark black or brown zebra-like stripes. The Arizona Game and Fish Department considers quagga mussels to be a serious invasive species threat and their possession, movement and introduction into state waterways are prohibited by state law.


For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/boating.


Game and Fish Invites Input on New Concept Hunt and Fish Licenses and Prices


The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public input in the development of new hunting and fishing license structure and fees, as authorized by the recent passage of Senate Bill 1223.


For information on the new concept licenses go to www.azgfd.gov/licensesimplification.

This site also includes webcasts of the Phoenix public meeting, a PDF copy of the powerpoint presentation and handout, and information on how to provide comment and input. It’s important to keep in mind that the license structure and fee concepts will only be that -- concepts.


They are not recommendations at this point, but are meant to serve as a starting point for discussion as input and feedback is gathered from constituents. SB 1223 allows the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to set future hunting and fishing license structure and fees directly through a streamlined, customer-focused process. It gives the Game and Fish Department the ability to operate more like a business and respond to changing market conditions and customer needs in a timely manner. The goal is to have a new structure and fees implemented by Jan. 1, 2014.


Some of the concept changes urban anglers are sure to like are that all fishing, hunt and combo licenses will: 1) be valid for 365 days, 2) include all trout stamp and urban fishing privileges, and 3) include two pole stamp privileges. There will still be an Urban Fishing License specifically for designated urban waters that, in addition to the current 21 Urban Fishing waters, will be expanded to include 15 more waters such as Tempe Town Lake and new lakes in Peoria and Maricopa.


 
ANGLER REPORTS:


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Nicholas J. took his girlfriend to Woods Canyon Lake for a tussel with trout: Here is our picture from this past weekend’s free fishing day. My girlfriend is the one pictured here (Crystal P.). There was a total of five of us fishing Saturday, June 8, and we caught all of these fish. Thank you guys for the free fishing day. My friends and family enjoyed it and look forward to it every year. This was taken at Woods Canyon Lake on the East side by the dam. Our bait of choice was Power Bait.

Kai N. on Saturday, June 8, had a good day at Tempe Town Lake: My niece was in town so I took her in the morning to Tempe Town Lake.  We only fished for about 1.5 hours.  Starting just after sunrise, around 6 a.m.  We fished from the shore.  They were biting really well up to about 7 a.m. I caught three largemouth, two were about 10 inches and the third was about 16 inches.  They were really liking the 6-inch Salt Red Roboworm fished Texas Rig.  All three I pulled in on that setup.  I had a few bites on the dropshot.  Had no luck on the topwater.

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Ken J. and his lunker from the Gila River: Well long story short my son Jason has been fishing the Gila River out in Buckeye for some time, telling me I’m missing a great time. So I finally went with him this past weekend and as we walked out to a shoreline I wasn't impressed. I couldn't tell you where because we drove in to the place in the dark and we needed a 4x4 to get there, but to my surprise there was bass. We caught countless bass and released them. This is a pic of the biggest bass of the day. Who says there isn't lunkers in AZ?

Monty Lambert, Park Manager, Lyman Lake State Park, sent the following report: Fishing has remained good at Lyman Lake in spite of the dropping water level.  Most folks report using live worms for bass and catfish, which have been plentiful this week.  Walleye have been active as well. Boaters should be aware that the water level is dropping an average of 1-2 feet per week  so expect the submerged terrain to change on a weekly basis.  Check the map at the store to find restricted areas and identified hazards.  Use caution when parking on the shoreline, the surface may be dry but the mud underneath is still wet and will bog down vehicles.
 
A report from May 31 from Silverbell Lake: This is a bit dated, but here it is. Fished Silverbell Lake from the south end the night of May 31. We caught a 16-inch channel catfish on worms around 9:30 a.m. and a 21-inch, three-pound channel cat (holdover?) on chicken liver around 10 p.m. – Phil


                                                                              
Q & A

Hi, my name is Pete. …  I know myself and probably many other fishermen are curious as to your plans with what was Hulsey Lake.  Are you planning to wait another summer to see what the monsoons may bring as far as flooding into the lake basin or something other?
 
Appreciate your response.....much thanks.

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    Escudilla Mountain in Apache County
    Pete: Mike Lopez, the Fish Program Manager in Pinetop, says the plan was to wait for the burned watershed above the lake to stabilize, then dredge out the accumulated silt and ash before letting it refill with water.

    The reason it was drained was to act as a buffer for floods coming off Escudilla Mountain that could impact the town of Nutrioso. There is still some danger of flood flows occurring off Escudilla since the mountain has not yet stabilized, but it’s a reduced threat from what it was originally.  Because it has not stabilized, we likely won’t be doing anything to the lake itself this year.  But we have started those conversations with the U.S. Forest Service about working to get that lake back as a fishery.

    We don’t have a timeline at this point, since it isn’t stabilized.  If we attempt to dredge it today, it may fill back up with silt tomorrow (the next time it rains). Sorry that doesn’t tell you when the fishery will be re-established.  But that is where we are at with Hulsey at this point.

    Thank you for your question. - Nick


OK, on to the full report.


CENTRAL WATERS


Note: If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to our "Been Fishing" site at BFishing@azgfd.gov.


Updated reports:


URBAN WATERS – The last catfish stocking of the spring season will take place the week of June 10-15 at all Phoenix and Tucson area urban waters.

Fishing is good to excellent for anglers using worms, stink baits, hot dogs or shrimp fished on the bottom. Catfish are biting irregularly throughout the day, but are more active when the sun goes down. Most catfish are from 15-17 inches, but some lunkers over three pounds are being hauled out of the lakes. Sahuarita Lake south of Tucson will not be stocked with catfish in June due to lowered lake water levels for maintenance and inspection activities.


Bluegill fishing is good for anglers using worms and mealworms fished under a small bobber in 3-6 foot depths. Action for largemouth bass is fair with the best baits finesse plastics fished in the early morning hours.
At Green Valley lakes (Payson) fishing for trout is slowing down since stockings wrapped up on May 10. However, fishing for bass, bluegill and crappie is good. Anglers using worms and meal worms under a small bobber are enjoying plenty of action. Also try small curly tail grubs or marabou jigs.


The spring catfish stocking season, that includes seven deliveries of fish every other week, will end with the final stocking the week of June 10-15. Every stocking, 14,000 pounds of channel catfish are delivered from Arkansas to the 20 Urban Fishing Program waters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.


Coming from fish ponds in Arkansas, our fish suppliers log thousands of miles on their large rigs to truck catfish into our park lakes during the spring stocking season. Warming lake temperatures and air temperatures make it impractical to haul live fish into Arizona’s Urban Lakes and Ponds during the heat of the summer. Consequently, there are no scheduled fish stockings for July, August, and the first half of September.


Catfish stockings will resume again in mid-September when lake and air temperatures cool enough to safely transport fish across the hot desert and into the Urban waters. Anglers can still enjoy fishing for catfish, bass and bluegill at Urban waters throughout the summer, but the action is generally slower.
 
ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,106 feet, 52 percent full).  James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods submitted this report:  Good morning rim country anglers: What a great time to be in Rim Country. The mornings are cool and day time temperatures in the 90s. Plus we are blessed with some great fisheries.
The water level dropped 2 percent this past week and currently stands at 52 percent full. This is the time of year that water is used for irrigation in the valley, so I'm expecting to see this downward trend for the next few months.

The Tonto Creek is flowing at 40 percent of its normal rate, while the Salt River is close to 70 percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The water temperature is increasing and shallow water will now begin to reach the mid-80 degrees during the afternoon. The water clarity was stained again this past week due to algae growth in the water.  

Bass fishing was considered good-to-excellent this past week by local experienced anglers. The warmer water temperature is in the high 70s in the morning and increasing to the low 80s in the afternoon.

The top water bite we’ve been talking about the past few weeks slowed last week but this is the time of year that bass are feeding on shad schools, so always watch for bass chasing shad. This typically is seen in shallow water in coves or at the shoreline, but you may see it in the middle of the lake.

They typically don't last very long, so keep a rod rigged on the deck with a top-water bait such as a Rico, Zara spook or a Super Fluke.  As the sun gets higher, bass will seek deeper water and cover or structure for protection. Try a weightless Senko, dropshot, Texas-rig or Carolina rig in 15-25 feet water.

A hot spot to report this week are the two humps just outside of Vineyard Cove. These two humps have buoys on them and is a perfect spot for using a drop-shot technique.

The crappie fishing should be great this week with the new moon tonight. The crappie lights will be an excellent tool to attract bait fish, which will bring the crappie into range. You'll want to use live minnows for nighttime crappie fishing and a couple of hot spots are around the marina and Salome Cove. 

Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.


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BARTLETT LAKE (95 % full, Water temperature 77-79 degrees) – Gary Senft, a local professional and a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, fished the lake Monday, June 10. He reported that the heat did not seem to bother the fish from 6:30 a.m. to noon. The bite was on the entire time, he said, and he reported catching 45 largemouth bass.


He said he caught the fish with a new technique: Flick-shaking. This method includes a 1/16-ounce jig hook, and a 5 ½-inch watermelon candy Flick Shake Worm (available at Bass Pro Shops). Hook the worm right in the middle so that it’s whacky style. Senft said he was using a spinning rod and 8-pound test line, fishing steep banks in 8-15 feet of water.


Senft worked the bait by pulling it a little as it was sinking, and once it hit the bottom, if there wasn't a bite, he would pop the bait and let it sink back down. If the fish was there, Senft said, it took the bait. He reported catching bass from 1.5-2 pounds.


He moved a lot, starting from the boat dock to the dam and back to Rattlesnake Cove.


Fish long points and reefs -- this is a summertime bass fishing pattern. The bass are preying on minnows, holding off on the sides of long points, typically facing any current that might be bringing in bait.


The early morning top-water bite using Ricos and Bass Assassins was off for Senft.


Previously, Jeremy Hoffman, the north Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse manager, said night fishing for bass has been good for the most part. Try throwing Hula Grubs on a football head or Texas rigged worms.

Also the channel cats have been pretty fired up lately as well. Grab a few tubs of chicken livers, pick a nice piece of shoreline, and relax. I like to get there at least an hour before dark so you can find a spot that has a nice drop off to it, and also some nearby structure. An easy and fast way to setup your catfish line is to tie your size 1 or 1/0 baitholder hook to the end of your line and then attach 1/2-ounce or more of weight approx. 18-24 inches above your hook, and you’re done. Use a chunk of liver about the size of the top of a soda can. If you use too much bait the fish will just pick at it and eventually steal your bait, but if you use a smaller piece they will generally just grab the entire thing and run off.


Friendly reminder for Bartlett - watch out for scorpions!


TEMPE TOWN LAKE – Anglers are catching glass carp, largemouth bass, crappie and even some rainbow trout. The best bite has been in the early morning. Top baits have been salmon eggs and worms (worms being the best), fished not far from the shoreline.

Angler’s report: Kai N. on Saturday, June 8, had a good day at Tempe Town Lake -- My niece was in town so I took her in the morning to Tempe Town Lake.  We only fished for about 1.5 hours.  Starting just after Sunrise, around 6 a.m.  We fished from the shore.  They were biting really well up to about 7 a.m. I caught three largemouth, two were about 10 inches and the third was about 16 inches.  They were really liking the 6-inch Salt Red Roboworm fished Texas Rig.  All three I pulled in on that setup.  I had a few bites on the dropshot.  Had no luck on the topwater.

Previous reports:

Please send your reports to BFishing@azgfd.gov


CANYON LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,659 feet (97 percent full). Reports are that dropshots have produced the best bite and there have been reports of some bass being caught up to 7 pounds.

Previously, Skyler Clark, fishing manager of the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Mesa, said the lake has been turning on (Zara Super Spook Jr. traditionally is effective.). In addition to fishing the lake himself, Clark has heard from anglers that the morning top-water bite is improving on largemouth bass. In addition, the most consistent bite has been off dropshots. Throw Roboworms in green pumpkin, ox blood and red crawler. Spots can be hot all over the lake, but Clark said the main lake has been producing better than up the river. The up-river bite should turn on soon, however.


Some anglers reported 15-20 bass  in half-day trips, and there also have been reports to Clark of five bass weighing more than eight pounds in the past week, most caught of dropshots.

LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – Tonto Creek Hatchery two weeks ago stocked the river with rainbow trout. Reports indicate the river is excellent for suckers, but not so much for trout. Try night crawlers, small spinners, KastMasters and flies in this unique desert river trout fishery.

LAKE PLEASANT - Jeremy Hoffman, north Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse manager, gave this report: Striper fishing under lights should be on fire again this weekend! Saturday is the new moon so you can expect your lights to be swarming with shad almost as soon as you drop them down. And remember if they’re not schooling up shortly after you drop them… MOVE! Good spots to try would be Coles, Humbug, up in the river arm, Fireman’s cove, and lastly the tires by the marina. If you’d like to get a mixed bag, instead of using anchovies, buy yourself a bucket full of  minnows and free-line them down on a size 2 Aberdeen hook. With minnows you can expect to get stripers, whites, crappie, largemouth, and maybe even a catfish. I’ve caught some giant white bass at night under lights fishing with minnows. It’s a blast to have a mixed bag.


Night fishing for largemouth is really starting to fire up. Try throwing football jigs, and the old faithful Texas rigged 7- or 10-inch black and blue Power Worm.


Previously, Mike McFarland, a Professional Fishing Guide at Hook-Up Outfitters, said there had been a pretty decent top-water bite all over the lake. “It can be wide open in the middle of nowhere,” he said. Anglers can hit an early-and-late afternoon top-water bite. In between, anglers can dropshot soft plastics along the banks for largemouth bass. Good Roboworm colors will be morning dawn or any prism shad colors such as prism crawler.

Bass fishing in general had been good along the shorelines, he said. Many of the post-spawn fish are recovered and eating more frequently in all areas of the lake in shallow water.

Striper boils are happening from the middle of the lake to 200 feet of water depth.

SAGUARO LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,526 feet (95 percent full): Gary Senft said he received reports that fishing was poor.

Previously, Clark, the Mesa Sportsman’s Warehouse fishing manager, said Saguaro is getting into summer mode. There are reports that some fish are chasing shad sporadically in the morning. Anglers are throwing jerk baits ad top-water lures such as Zara Spooks, then fishing on cliff walls with dropshots or dragging dropshot Roboworms through the grass that has been growing tall on the deeper flats. A Roboworm in red crawlers, morning dawn or ox blood about one foot to 18 inches below the weight  has been working.
Previously, Mike McFarland said getting an early-morning top-water bite followed by midday dropshots in 2-30 feet of water is a reliable pattern.


McFarland said the trick to remember at Saguaro is that the fish are not eating big baits. Use small baits and small dropshots.


APACHE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,906 feet (91 percent full). This continues to be a hot spot for largemouth bass, with some reports spilling into the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse of bass weighing 10-pound-plus.  Target deep-water ledges, such as ones that go immediately from 10 to 100 feet of depth. The reports indicate the fish are spread out from the marina to the dam. Try dropshots with ox blood Roboworms. When bed fishing, use jigs or soft plastics in lighter colors so you can see your bait. But consider releasing the spawning bass to preserve their populations.

HORSESHOE LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,005 feet, 55-percent full. Jeremy Hoffman, the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse fishing manager, reported Horseshoe is a particularly fun place to fish because of the waters it has held for so long. Catfish and carp anglers will have a blast fishing here because it’s a place where you can not only catch high numbers of fish, but many of considerable size. Scent is the key when fishing this lake because the water is so muddy and the visibility extremely poor. A strong potent scent is necessary for these fish to be able to hone in on your bait.

For catfish try using chicken livers or stink bait, and for carp use corn, dough balls, or cheese baits. (If you choose to fish with dough balls, add in lots of garlic salt and/or vanilla extract. It gives off a scent that catfish and carp cannot resist.) Salt River Project tends to use Horseshoe as a flood retention reservoir, but steadily releases the water downstream into Bartlett Lake.


CREEKS BELOW THE MOGOLLON RIM - Weekly stockings into the trout streams have ended for most species.

 

WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES

Updated reports:


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Recommended Waters to Fish
Fishing is good at Crescent Lake, Big Lake, Nelson Reservoir, the Greer lakes in the Springerville and Greer areas; Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes in the Rim lakes area, and Show Low Creek, Show Low Lake and Silver Creek in the Show Low-Pinetop area.

Trout Stocking Schedule
Week of June 3-7
Bunch Reservoir – 966 rainbow trout
East Fork Black River – 900 Apache trout
Little Colorado in Greer – 605 rainbow trout
Long Tom Tank – 283 rainbow trout
River Reservoir – 804 rainbow trout
Scott Reservoir – 532 rainbow trout
Sheeps Crossing – 250 Apache trout
Show Low Creek – 660 rainbow trout
Show Low Lake – 2,700 rainbow trout
Silver Creek – 955 rainbow trout
West Fork Black River – 35 Apache trout
Willow Springs Lake – 3,188 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake – 3,100 rainbow trout

Week of June 10-14
Bear Canyon Lake – rainbow trout
East Fork Black River – 900 Apache trout
Little Colorado in Greer – 605 rainbow trout
Scott Reservoir – rainbow trout
Sheeps Crossing – 250 Apache trout
Show Low Creek – rainbow trout
Show Low Lake – rainbow trout
Silver Creek – 528 rainbow trout
West Fork Black River – 35 Apache trout
Willow Springs Lake – 3,037 rainbow trout

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES:


Note: Due to high and increasing fire danger, Stage 2 fire restrictions will go into effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Apache, Navajo and Greenlee Counties on June 13 and will remain in effect until further notice. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following: any type of campfire (except gas stoves) even in developed campgrounds; smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building; discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt; and operating an internal combustion engine (motor vehicles operated on designated roads are exempt). 

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake is full and will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. 

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers are reporting high catch rates mostly of stockers, but also a few larger, carry-over fish. The water level is 6.8 feet below spill, and the boat ramp may be getting difficult to use. 

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is good for boat anglers using lures and fair for shore anglers. The lake is full, but no longer spilling.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake will be stocked this week with 3,037 rainbow trout. The lake is full, but not spilling.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The store is open, and boat rentals are available.


Angler’s report: Nicholas J. took his girlfriend to Woods Canyon Lake for a tussle with trout: Here is our picture from this past weekend’s free fishing day. My girlfriend is the one pictured here (Crystal P.). There was a total of five of us fishing Saturday, June 8, and we caught all of these fish. Thank you guys for the free fishing day. My friends and family enjoyed it and look forward to it every year. This was taken at Woods Canyon Lake on the East side by the dam. Our bait of choice was Power Bait.


Report from James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods: Trout fishing was called excellent again this past week. Lots of anglers reporting good numbers and quality of trout. Power Baits and salmon eggs were reported to be extremely successful this past week.


Small spinner baits such as a Super Duper, as well as Panther Martins, are working well on an ultra-light rod.
Fly anglers continued to have success using Crick Hoppers, which is a cricket imitation bait in the early morning and late evening. Look for ledges or overhangs that have a pool. Most every one of them will be holding trout. And don’t forget Green Valley Lake here in Payson.


The AZGFD trout stockings have ended, however, you'll recall that there was a large stocking for the Wildlife Fair a couple of weeks ago so I'm sure there are still lots of trout in Green Valley.   

WHITE MOUNTAINS LAKES:


Note: Due to high and increasing fire danger, Stage 2 fire restrictions will go into effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Apache, Navajo and Greenlee Counties on June 13 and will remain in effect until further notice. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following: any type of campfire (except gas stoves) even in developed campgrounds; smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building; discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt; and operating an internal combustion engine (motor vehicles operated on designated roads are exempt).

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair. The warm water is slowing things down. Fish early or late in the day for best success. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release fishing, with artificial fly and lure only, and single barbless hooks only.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is good. The best action has been early in the morning. Shore anglers have been doing well on worms and garlic Power Bait. Boat anglers have been successful with spinners and lures (Panther Martin, Crickhoppers in black, gold or fire-tiger colors). The store is open, and boat rentals are available.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was restocked in early May following a winterkill. Anglers are catching stocker-sized rainbows. There won’t be any larger fish until this fall. 

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for trout. The lake was stocked in May with rainbow trout. Fishing is good for bullheads, bass and catfish.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was last stocked a couple weeks ago. Anglers have been catching trout on worms.
 
CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is good. There was no winterkill this year, with carry-over rainbows up to 18 inches and brook trout up to 16 inches surviving the winter. Anglers have been catching rainbows up to 19 inches on bait, lures (Crickhoppers and KastMasters) and flies (buggers and nymphs). There are no reports of brook trout being caught. The store is closed. Access to all boat ramps is good.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. The bite is slowing down as many of the big trout have been caught and warm water is driving the trout into deeper water. Anglers are catching a few trout at night on worms and Power Bait. Anglers are also catching some bass and bluegill off the fishing piers.

GREER LAKES – All Greer lakes (River, Tunnel and Bunch Reservoirs) are getting low, but fishing is fair to good. River Reservoir and Bunch Reservoir were stocked last week with rainbow trout. Water levels at River and Bunch are below the concrete curb at the end of each boat ramp. Boats have to be carried to the water. Boat launching at Tunnel Reservoir is still good. 

HULSEY LAKE – The lake was drained following the Wallow Fire to help reduce expected flooding on Escudilla Mountain and has not been stocked since the fire.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair. The lake has Apache trout and Arctic grayling. Fish very early or very late in the day for any success. The lake is almost six feet low, and launching a trailered boat may be difficult.
  
LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Luna was stocked in May with rainbow trout and there are lots of fish in the lake. Some anglers are catching 14- to 15-inch trout on Power Bait in the early morning.
LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is now open to overnight camping, which will be allowed through November 4. Fishing is fair to good for bass, catfish, walleye and carp.

Monty Lambert, Park Manager, Lyman Lake State Park, sent the following report: Fishing has remained good at Lyman Lake in spite of the dropping water level.  Most folks report using live worms for bass and catfish, which have been plentiful this week.  Walleye have been active as well. Boaters should be aware that the water level is dropping an average of 1-2 feet per week  so expect the submerged terrain to change on a weekly basis.  Check the map at the store to find restricted areas and identified hazards.  Use caution when parking on the shoreline, the surface may be dry but the mud underneath is still wet and will bog down vehicles.
 

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is good. The lake was heavily stocked with almost 20,000 rainbow trout. There are also a few larger, carry-over trout from last year. Anglers are catching stocker rainbows on Power Bait.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. The trout bite is slowing down as the waters warm up and the weeds are growing, but warm water fish are starting to bite. One angler caught a 21.2-pound channel catfish off the dam at night with hotdogs, which has been submitted for the Big Fish-of-the-Year Contest. White Amur (grass carp) were stocked into the lake under a special permit to control the nuisance aquatic weeds that plague Rainbow Lake every year. Please release these fish if incidentally caught so they can do their job at eating weeds.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week with rainbow trout. The water is turbid, but the lake level is good.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked last week with 2,700 rainbow trout. Large rainbows averaging 15 inches were also stocked in early May. Anglers are catching trout on worms, Power Bait and lures. The concession store is open, and boat rentals are available. Plans to re-install the fishing pier near the boat ramp are being developed. The spillway campground and the road over the dam are open.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair for trout and fair to good for bass and catfish. The lake was last stocked in mid-May with rainbow trout.

WHITE MOUNTAINS STREAMS:


Note: Due to high and increasing fire danger, Stage 2 fire restrictions will go into effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Apache, Navajo and Greenlee Counties on June 13 and will remain in effect until further notice. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following: any type of campfire (except gas stoves) even in developed campgrounds; smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building; discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt; and operating an internal combustion engine (motor vehicles operated on designated roads are exempt).

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good. Forest Road (FR) 276 is open along the East Fork, and the stream will be stocked with 900 Apache trout this week from Diamond Rock downstream to Buffalo Crossing. The river is running at base flows. Wild brown trout are also present.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair to good at the FR 68 crossing pool. The stream will be stocked this week with 35 Apache trout at the FR 68 crossing only. Fishing is poor below and above this crossing due to impacts from the Wallow Fire. Vehicle access to the West Fork Campground will remain closed through this year. Wild brown trout are also present in the lower end.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is good. The stream will be stocked this week with 605 rainbow trout. The stream is flowing at base flows, approximately 8 cfs. Wild brown trout are also present.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is good. The stream will be stocked this week with 250 Apache trout.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is good in the large pool below the dam. The creek was stocked last week with 660 rainbow trout.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good. The stream is open to general fishing regulations (bait, lures and flies are legal, with a six-fish daily bag limit) from April 1 through September 30. Silver Creek will be stocked this week with 528 rainbow trout. The upper section is closed to angling during the general regulation season.

 

LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY

Updated report:

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LAKE POWELL-  Lake Elevation: 3,600 feet; water temperature: 74-78.

From wayneswords.com: June 12 report by Wayne Gustaveson:

Summer Patterns in Play

Lake Powell water level is stable at 3,600 feet. That means the Castle Rock Cut is wet but not passable. Summer fishing patterns are now in play.  The key, regardless of species targeted, is to fish early and late and use shade to your advantage.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are on rocky slopes. Rocks utilized vary from slick rock slopes to large boulders, down to small rubble rock.  Look for rocks large enough to allow crayfish to crawl under where they hide from predators.  Smallmouth bass are the second most likely fish to bite your lure whether trolled, cast, or drifted under the boat.  Chartreuse grubs are a good bait to start with each day.


Walleye are still being caught in good numbers. They can be targeted by trolling a 12-foot diving lure along the front of rocky structure in the morning or evening shade. Great results have come recently with the Bomber Deep Flat A lure in Silver Flash color.   It seems to have just the right running depth and action to entice hungry walleye residing in the 12-20 foot depths.

Stripers are still the most likely fish to catch but they are slightly more difficult to find now. Striper schedule starts at dawn when they come to the surface looking for a school of larval shad.  A slight dimpling action is all that is seen as they quietly feed on the tiny fish. They can be caught on small swim baits or other small lures cast to the periphery of the surface disturbance.

This search patterns lasts for about 2 hours. Then stripers move back to resting points where they have resided for the past two months.  Midday stripers then look up again to find more larval shad.  They repeat this shad search again in the evening twilight.  But when not actively feeding stripers are in 20-30 feet of water and very vulnerable to anchovy bait. 

Lake area determines which type of feeding action to look for.  From the dam to Padre Bay stripers are in deep water without significant shad numbers. Therefore bait fishing is the best technique.  The hottest spot now is directly under the chain link fence marking the Power Plant intake east of Antelope Point Marina.  These fish are shallow and well trained at taking anchovy bait.  Let the bait slowly sink until it disappears then gently lift it up and down. Most of the fish will be caught at 12-20 feet.

Stripers are on split shift from Padre Bay to Rainbow Bridge. Look for slurps early but then go to proven bait fishing spots such as Buoy 25. The school at 25 is not as dense as it once was but still offers the opportunity to catch 50 fish in 2 hours. There are many other bait fishing options which can be detected by trolling to catch while graphing to locate the school. Toss chum to light up a striper school and then catch as many fish as the cooler can take.  You do not have to use bait to catch these fish. They can be taken on your favorite lure once the chum is on the water.    Casting a bucktail jig or chartreuse grub will select the faster, healthier fish while bait provides an opportunity for slower fish to eat.

From San Juan to Slick Rock Canyon look more for slurping action. There are more shad here resulting in more surface action.  Bait fishing is good during the bright daylight hours.  From Lake Canyon to Cedar Canyon a combination of trolling to locate fish followed by bait fishing or more trolling is a good strategy. Good Hope to Hite has muddy water and trolling or graphing is the best way to catch fish.

The weather is hot but fishing is still pretty darn good at Lake Powell.

 

Previous report:


LEES FERRY  - Dean Windham of Lee’s Ferry Anglers said  last week that midges are hatching like crazy, scuds are coming back after some anglers feared they’d been wiped out in the November flood, and trout have preferred rippling waters as opposed to the slack pools they’d been lounging in a month ago.


The scuds, Windham said, have been in moss piles, a welcome sight for anglers and trout alike. “We were afraid the flood killed them all,” Windham said.

A light nymph rig using a zebra midge, Glow Bugs or San Juan worms are working. Windham said fish also are sitting in the rock piles at the edge of ripples where a food source drops in.


Also, remember that o Feb 20, a portion of road on Hwy 89, the section of highway that goes from the junction of Hwy 89A, up to Page, collapsed. This road closure in no way affects anyone who is traveling to Lees Ferry/Marble Canyon as long as you do not go through Page. All north-south travel can be completed by using 89A which is much quicker and shorter that the detour through Page. For more info visit:

http://www.azdot.gov/us89/. Road construction continues on the road from Marble Canyon to the Ferry, and anglers can expect a 10-15 delay at the most, Windham said.

Also read the previous April 1 fishing report from www.leesferry.com.


 
COLORADO RIVER


Updated reports:


Important notice: With the discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders.  Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department's web pages at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MEAD – The elevation has continued to drop about 1 foot per week to the current elevation of 1107 feet above msl.  Be careful boating because of fluctuating water levels and watch for floating debris dislodged from rising water levels. There seems to be an abundance of shad currently which may be the reason for the lack of bite.  Cut anchovies are still the bait of choice for stripers.  Check the moon phases before you go –last new moon was June 8th.  The next new moon will be July 8th.  Dark nights work best when fishing under light.  Fishing for stripers in 50 plus feet of water will normally find the larger fish.  If they are not taking the anchovies try swimming baits and see if you can get them to bite.  Jigging in 50-60 feet deep has been doing well on Mead.  If you can locate the shad, the stripers are not far behind.  Trolling usually works best in areas were shad are found and best done in the early mornings and evenings.  Top water plugs or lures are doing well for largemouth.  All the fishermen contacted were hopeful for the coming years with rising water conditions and the abundance of baitfish they have seen this year.   

LAKE MOHAVE – The lake level has dropped to around 642 feet above msl.  The black bass are hitting soft baits when worked slowly especially on grass beds in 20 to 30 feet deep.  Large bluegills have been reported in the 1-2 pound range.  The striper bite has been slow on the lake.
Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon will be July 8th.  Cut anchovies usually work the best for stripers.   

Biologists from both Arizona Game and Fish Department and Nevada Division of Wildlife with the help of volunteers, National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation personnel have continued to install fish habitat in Carp Cove, Box Cove, Shoshone, and Arrowhead.  Fish habitat consists of PVC structures, wood pallet structures, tamarisk bundles, and some Christmas trees. The largemouth, smallmouth, bluegill and catfish are really utilizing the new structures. Additional habitat will be added at several locations over the next two years. These structures are fish magnets.

There is a wheelchair accessible fishing pier just south of the main launch ramp at Katherine's Landing. If you fish Mohave and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW BEACH – Willow Beach is stocked every Friday with 3,000 13” rainbow trout.  Rainbow, peach, garlic and yellow Power Baits and Power Worms were being used most for trout.  Jakes original and Jakes Juniors, Panther Martin and Rooster Tails are also usually effective.  Billy sent a report of his 7 pound striper and a bigger fish that he lost after a 2 minute fight.  He was using a Bomber Long A.  Willow Beach can be hit or miss bait fishing.  Try different baits including swim baits when nobody seems to be hooking anything. 

If you fish Willow beach and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM – The occasional large stripers are still being caught from the dam down to the Gorge.  Many of these fish are in the 4-12 pound range.  Anchovies seem to the bait of choice for stripers. The word is that the stripers are in the Big Bend area and the trout have moved from there to the casino area.     

Rusty sent in some pictures of some beautiful fish.  Steve’s nice 5.16 pounder was caught in the casino area on anchovies.  Richard’s large 9.5 lbs. striper gave him a 20 minute fight from shore at Davis Camp.  Local fisherman Dave, “Doc”, had success using his favorite lure at Davis Camp.  The catfish has been slow according to reports. Remember to fish for trout, you need a trout stamp on Class A and Lifetime fishing licenses.

Water levels on the river fluctuate, so be careful. You can check the Bureau of Reclamation Web site for flow predictions http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html before you go. If you fish the river below Davis Dam and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

TOPOCK GORGE - Most bass are being taken on minnows and night crawlers. Reports are that stripers are returning to the Gorge. 
 
TOPOCK MARSH –Topock is reported as slow for all species.  Send me your fishing report if you go to the Marsh.   Remember the minimum of 13 inches for largemouth bass in the Marsh.

If you notice illegal activities please call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-352-0700 or online at www.azgfd.gov/thief.  Please refer to our regulations booklet on how to be a good witness.  

You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing too. For more information on the marsh, contact the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge at (760) 326-3853 or go to http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/havasu/index.html.

VERDE VALLEY:

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Catfish were stocked for the Verde River Days event and were last stocked for Free Fishing Day on June 1st.  Catfish and bass bite should increase because of warmer temperatures. 

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Always check your regulations before fishing this area with live bait.  Game and Fish Commission Rule requires anglers to only use live bait that has been caught in the river. No transporting of live baitfish or crayfish is allowed. 

PRESCOTT AREA:

FAIN LAKE — The next scheduled trout stocking is the week of June 10th. The next tentative scheduled stocking, and the last till September, will be the week of June 24th. Catfish will be stocked before Free Fishing Day.  I have not heard any reports from Fain in a while.          

GOLDWATER LAKE — Report are that some trout are being caught but it can be hit and miss.  Damon sent a report that he has been doing very well fishing by the dam using yellow sparkling marshmallows several feet from his sinker. The last trout stocking was June 8th.     
      

If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

GRANITE BASIN LAKE – Bluegill and some catfish are still being caught.  If you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others. 

LYNX LAKE –The last scheduled trout stocking was the week of June 3rd.  Catfish were stocked the Friday before Free Fishing Day (June 1st). 
  
Cameron sent a report from May 5th about his group’s success catching 10 good sized rainbow trout using night crawlers with a single green power-egg on a number 8 hook about 18 inches off a sliding sinker.  He reported that 4 of the 10 were over 20 inches.  He prefers the morning bite over the evening bite and he thinks the larger fish stay at the northern end of the lake.     


Cut anchovies, night crawlers or hot dog are your best bet for catfish. Lynx also can be an exciting place to fish for carp.  Common carp are very strong fighters and will provide an excellent table fair.  A quick search on the internet will produce tasty recipes for these robust fish.  Corn and an assortment of other baits will attract these fish.  Lynx can be difficult to fish, if you are not catching anything try moving to a new spot. There are some good spots on the north end of the lake that don’t get fished as heavily as the south end does.

MINGUS LAKE –The last stocking was the week of May 13th.   The next tentatively scheduled stocking is this week, the week of June 10th.  

For trout the best bait is usually orange, pink, or white Power Bait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker.  Fishing can be really good at times, because angler use is lower than other lakes in the area.

Yellow bullhead catfish are active and easy to catch with nightcrawlers on the bottom.

This lake is more remote than the other Prescott area lakes and not very big.  The lake is open as weather permits.  Forest Road 104 is relatively impassable when wet.  The lake is still open to foot traffic.

Someone illegally stocked yellow bullhead into Mingus several years ago. These fish compete directly with the trout and keep growth rates very low. If you witness anyone, anywhere, moving fish like bass, bluegill, catfish and stocking them, please report it to our Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700.  Illegal stockings cost YOU money!

WATSON – Trout were last stocked the week of March 18th.
   
If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR –   Arizona Game and Fish Department completed a fish survey using gillnets and Electrofishing on April 17th, with the help of Prescott Parks and Recreation personnel.  We caught several largemouth bass in the 2-3 pound range.  Largemouth bass are the predominant species in this lake.  Dwight sent a picture and a report of his successful day at Willow.  He caught a nice bass that put up a fight of over 4 minutes on the opposite side of the dam.  He was using a green weighted Woolley Booger.  If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.


SOUTHWESTERN WATERS

Updated reports:

Note: If you would like more information on southwestern waters, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish_southwest.shtml. Our Yuma Regional office has recently updated all the information to provide you more insight into these fisheries. If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to our "Been Fishing" site at BFishing@azgfd.gov. For more information, visit the "Where to Fish" pages at www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish.shtml.


ALAMO LAKE (Water temperatures around 75 degrees) -  June 12  report from Mark Knapp, Park Ranger at Alamo Lake State Park:

Well folks, if you want a lake to yourself with literally one other boat on it (mine), then this is the place to be.
Just be ready to do battle with mid 100ss, a few rattle snakes and you’re good to go.  We have been relocating a few snakes mostly in the evenings so watch where you step, and if it rattles, run.


Junior and I have been doing well throwing watermelon-colored brush hogs with red flakes in the evening.
The evening bite is decent right before dark.  A few anglers are telling me there's a real good top water bite starting at 0 dark thirty and lasts till about 6 a.m.  After that drop shotting is the ticket until evenings.


Cat-fishing is excellent. They’re eating everything.  I've caught them on plastics, crank baits and spinner baits.  I would suggest using night crawlers or a piece of hot dog.   No reports on crappie at all. I did have a guy tell me he caught a few up by the dam using lights and minnows, so they’re moving up.


One thing we found interesting is that there is still some bass that have not spawned yet.  Billy Pinrod and I were talking about this while playing a round of golf in Wickenburg yesterday.  He said he caught and cleaned his limit the day before, and two of the six were full of eggs.   The water temperature in the back of the coves is in the mid 80s.


The lake is starting to drop quickly and you can see a big difference from week to week.  Cholla ramp is your best option.  It's a matter of months before we have to start using the metal portable ramp.  The last time I drug that thing out was in 20002-03.  Still no word on the CORE dropping the lake another 30 feet to inspect the bulkhead.


They might as well leave the lake alone and let it go down naturally at this point.  I will know more when we have our quarterly meeting in July. If you do plan on coming out here you have to bring sun block and stay hydrated.


My friend Don from Salome came out with his girlfriend and boated for a couple of hours.  I gave his fair skinned girlfriend a hat and some sun block.  Well, she used it and was OK, meaning no major burns.  I guess Don thought you just had to have it with you, not on you, and looked like a cooked lobster the next day.  The biting flies are out in the evening so bug spray is a must.


Anyway, with bass, once you figure out the, "it's a there" feeling bite then you will have no problems catching a few bass.  Junior got kinda honked off when I beat him 7-3, and threw his pole down and quit fishing the other night.  He was really steamed when it came time to log the scores into the book and I took one away from him for poor fisherman-like conduct.


Last time he got mad and threw his pole it went into the lake was when he quit smoking about 6.5 years ago.  When he threw this pole down it also hit the deck and was heading into the lake.  He managed to catch it with his foot before it went over.  He knows that if he throws a pole down and it lands in the lake he is going in after it one way or the other.  About three-fourths of the rods and reels he has acquired are from me over the years, and they’re not cheap.   I figure I have every right to throw him overboard.

That’s all for this week. - Mark
 

LAKE HAVASU -  Lake Level: 449.15. June 12 report from John Galbraith of BassTackleMaster.com in Lake Havasu City:

Lake level: 448.95

The striper bite is good with some morning top-water action (5 a.m.-7:30 a.m.) from the north end of the main basin south to black rock/Calif. bay.

LuckyCraft Pointer 100/128s or pencil poppers are good choices now. Trolling and Casting has been effective.
Cut-bait fishing using anchovies or sardines is producing smaller limits than using artificial lures.


Evening/night fishing for bigger channel and flathead catfish has been excellent. The best time is 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Use live sunfish or bluegills from 2.5-4 inches long rigged on a Carolina rig with 3/4 to one-ounce sinkers with 12-15-pound test with a 24-36 inch leader.


Redear fishing with night crawlers around  submerged grass beds has been producing some quality redears of more than two pounds.

Previous reports:

Falling over night temperatures should start slowing the catfish bite down.  The strip is home to both Flatheads and more commonly Channel Catfish.  Channels cats can be found throughout the strip but are typically in the areas with shoreline vegetation.  A variety of stink baits can be productive as are goldfish or small bluegills for both species of catfish.

Small mouth and largemouth bass are also found up and down the river.  Many anglers have switched to sight fishing as water clarity has significantly increased since the introduction of the aquatic invasive quagga mussel.  Boaters are reminded to clean drain and dry their watercraft before taking them to another body of water.

COLORADO RIVER (PARKER STRIP AREA) - Falling over night temperatures should start slowing the catfish bite down.  The strip is home to both flatheads, and more commonly, channel catfish.  Channels cats can be found throughout the strip but are typically in the areas with shoreline vegetation.  A variety of stink baits can be productive as are goldfish or small bluegills for both species of catfish Small mouth and largemouth bass are also found up and down the river.  Many anglers have switched to sight fishing as water clarity has significantly increased since the introduction of the aquatic invasive quagga mussel.  Boaters are reminded to clean drain and dry their watercraft before taking them to another body of water. 


COLORADO RIVER -  Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam, including backwaters and Martinez Lake) – No new reports. From last week: A 7.75-pound bass was recently taken from a backwater spot (see photo). This stretch of the river is best known for its trophy-sized flathead catfish, with some over 70 pounds and largemouth bass, with some over 10 pounds. However, it can also be good for channel catfish, sunfish and carp and to a lesser extent striped bass, crappie and tilapia.


Largemouth bass fishing is generally best in the backwaters or near the mouth of the backwaters. There are many different techniques used for largemouth bass. As a general rule, most people will use topwater lures such as buzzbaits or spinnerbaits in the early morning and then switch to jigs, crankbaits, or swimbaits as the day progresses. Using plastic baits that resemble worms, crawdads, frogs, or lizards often work well. It is generally best to fish around structure such as weed beds, emergent vegetation, tree stumps, brush, or boat docks. Fishing picks up as the water temperatures warm up in the spring and summer but largemouth can be taken any time of the year.

Flathead fishing is generally best in slack water areas, deep holes, or near overhanging vegetation along the main channel of the river. Flatheads prefer live bait such as bluegill or small carp and fishing is best at night during the summer months. Channel catfish are wide spread in the main river channel and backwaters and will bite on night crawlers, chicken liver, stink bait, or about any other "smelly" bait. They can be caught year-round but probably bite best at night.


Bluegill are also widespread, but are most likely to be found around structure in the backwaters or slack water areas. Bluegill will bite on meal worms, night crawlers or small crappie jigs.


MITTRY LAKE -  No new reports. From last week: Mittry Lake offers many fishing opportunities. There are ten man-made jetties on the eastern shore for shoreline anglers, but the lake is most effectively fished by boat. There is a good concrete boat launch near the southern end of the lake, with a courtesy mooring dock. There is also a more primitive gravel ramp toward the northern end of the lake. There are restrooms and trash facilities at the main boat ramp, which also sports a large Ramada for public gatherings.


Mittry Lake can be a bit frustrating at time, especially for bass fishermen. There are plenty of bass in the lake, with a few in the eight to ten pound range, occasionally larger. However, the bass are sometimes finicky, and it can be challenging to bring any in on some days. Other days, the bite can be wide open. Windy, or changing weather often brings on the bite. Techniques for bass fishing vary widely. When fishing for bass in the cooler months, and bass are less active, fish deeper water with jigs, swimbaits, or plastics using a slow retrieve. As the water warms up in the spring and summer, bass become more active and move to shallower water.


During that time most people use plastics, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits with a faster retrieve. Plastic baits resembling worms, crawdads, frogs, or lizards can also work well. For best results fish around structure such as weed beds, emergent vegetation or where shoreline brush edges the water.


YUMA AREA PONDS - Final stockings of trout have been made in Yuma area ponds for the season. Fortuna and Redondo ponds were stocked on Feb. 16, and the Yuma West Wetlands and Council Park (Somerton) ponds were stocked on Feb. 23.


CENTRAL MOUNTAINS


Updated reports:


Fishing for trout was pretty good over the weekend with green and chartreuse Power Bait seeming to work well on multiple waters.  We also had some trout being caught on worms fished about 3 feet under a bobber at Kaibab Lake.  Warm water fish such as bass and crappie are starting to get more active on the lakes around Williams with microjigs and small bead-head flies fished under a bobber or on a fly rod working well.  Fossil Creek is closed to fishing.

WILLIAMS LAKES:  


KAIBAB LAKE —  Campground is open.  Anglers were catching crappie and bluegill on small bead headed flies.  Trout were being caught on night crawlers below a bobber.  Scheduled to be stocked with trout.

CATARACT LAKE —  Campground is closed.   One angler reported catching a large catfish on a crayfish colored crankbait. Try bead headed flies of microjigs for the crappie and bluegill in the lake.  Bass can also be caught.  Scheduled to be stocked with trout.

CITY RESERVOIR —  No report.  Lake is full. Any small gold lure seemed to be catching fish when the creel clerk visited the lake.  Stocked with trout last week

DOGTOWN LAKE —  Campground is open. Fishing was good to excellent over the weekend.  Trout were being caught on Chartreuse or green garlic Power Bait.  Crappie fishing was also good on microjigs.  Stocked with trout last week

JD DAM — No Report.  Remember the lake is managed as a catch and release fishery.

SANTA FE — No report.  Scheduled to be stocked this week.  Lake level is full. Stocked with trout last week

WHITEHORSE LAKE — Campground is open.  Lake Level is low.  Lake was recently stocked with rainbow trout.  Anglers were catching trout on flies and lures. Chartreuse Power Bait was working.  Crappie fishing should be good

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY —  Fishing has slowed recently to just good fishing.  Weeds are starting to be a problem but folks are still catching fish.

Anglers using flies and using small spinners have been doing the best. 

UPPER LAKE MARY —   This is a good time to fish on Upper Lake.    Anglers continue to catch nice walleye.  One angler reported catching a 20-inch walleye on anchovies by the dam.  A lot of pike were being caught on anchovies and fly anglers were also catching pike.  A few nice crappie were also caught.

ASHURST LAKE —   Campground is open.  On Tuesday June 4, while checking water quality on the lake, I spoke to a couple of anglers near the boat ramp.  They each had caught 5 nice size trout on green garlic Power Bait.  According to them the fishing was excellent. Stocked with trout last week.

FRANCIS SHORT POND –  Catfish were stocked into the pond last week.  Anglers were having success using hotdogs, homemade dough bait, and anchovies for catfish.  Folks were also catching cats on worms fished under a bobber.  Trout fishing continues to be good using Power Bait and flies. Scheduled to be stocked with trout this week


KINNIKINICK LAKE — Fishing for catfish can be good this time of year as the water warms.  The lake has a god sized population of brown trout with some being very large.  Try using small crawdad colored crankbaits fished deep or night crawlers early in the morning or just about dusk for brown trout.  A grasshopper kicking around on the surface in the evening might also work   

OAK CREEK — Anglers were reporting catching stocked trout over the weekend. Scheduled to be stocked this week. 

LONG LAKE — We have had a few reports that the pike fishing has been good on Long Lake,

BEAVER CREEK –  Trout stocking has stopped for the summer season.  No report.

WEST CLEAR CREEK -  Trout stocking has stopped for the summer season.  No report.

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

BLUE RIDGE —  Road is open and SRP has begun to draw the lake down for necessary repairs to the dam and associated piping.  We’ve heard reports of some nice holdover trout being caught.  Will not be stocked this year due to plans to drain the lake for repairs to the dam.

KNOLL LAKE — The road is open.  Lake is full.  Stocked with trout last week


SOUTHERN WATERS


Please send me your fishing reports from Southern Arizona!  Fishing reports for southern waters can be sent to Amberle Jones, Regional Sportfish Biologist by email at akjones@azgfd.gov.  These reports will then be complied and reported in our weekly fishing reports.

Spring is here and with it comes increasing water temperatures meaning that fish are becoming more active.  Anglers can expect to see increased activity in the largemouth bass as they prepare to spawn.  Followed closely behind the largemouth bass will be the spawning of the sunfish species.  Anglers should concentrate their efforts in areas of likely spawning habitat near shore.

Trout stockings are all but over for the southern half of the state but anglers can still expect to find trout fishing opportunities up until water temperatures reach the mid 70’s

Need ideas on where to go fishing? Try the Departments new interactive Fish and Boat Map: Fish and Boat Arizona

Updated reports:

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – On June 4th 300 catchable Gila trout were stocked into the reservoir.  Anglers have reported success at catching Gila trout since the stocking.  Remember that the daily bag and possession limit for Gila trout is one fish. Frye Creek above the reservoir remains closed to fishing. 

PENA BLANCA – Anglers have recently reported having a great time catching quite a few fish such as largemouth bass and bluegill, at the lake.  Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive.  Additionally all mercury advisories against the eating of warmwater fish caught at Pena Blanca Lake remains in effect.  Future testing will determine if and when these advisories will be lifted.  Boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.   

Previous reports:

RIGGS FLAT — Riggs Flat is now open and the lake was stocked with approximately 6,000 trout.  Future stockings as scheduled in June will be dependent on water quality at that time.   To view the entire summer stocking schedule go here: 2013 Summer Stocking Schedule

ROPER LAKE —  No recent reports of success.  For lake information (928) 428-6760. 
  
DANKWORTH POND — Still closed for renovations as State Parks puts the final touches on several construction projects.  The Department already began the restocking process with the introduction of bluegill sunfish and channel catfish.  The stocked fish were in good condition and should be ready to spawn as water temperatures rise.  Largemouth bass will be stocked once the sunfish population has become established. 

ARIVACA — Open to anglers, water levels continue to be severely low and the lake continues to drop. Water quality has been reported to be in bad condition however anglers are catching smaller fish in good condition.  All boat launching is at the risk of the owner.  Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive. 

CLUFF RANCH — No recent reports of success.  A recent fish survey showed a good population of sunfish and largemouth bass in the lake.  The pond is full and there should be no problems with boat launching.  Visitors are reminded that it is illegal to obstruct the use of the boat ramp by anglers trying to launch the boats.  No parking, standing, sitting, swimming or fishing is allowed on the boat ramp.  For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

PARKER CANYON —A recent fish survey captured multiple large sunfish in the lake along with some nice sized largemouth bass.  Anglers are reminded that the bag/possession limit for channel catfish is now 4 fish. The lake level is down and boaters should use caution as obstructions can appear as water levels drop.  Contact the Parker Canyon Lake Store for up to date information on lake levels and fishing activity at www.parkercanyonlake.com or by phone at (520)455-5847. 

PATAGONIA — A recent fish survey captured multiple largemouth bass ranging in total length from 6 to 20 inches with a maximum weight of 5.5 lbs.  Forty eight flathead catfish were also captured with a maximum total length of 34 inches and a maximum weight of 18.5 lbs.  The lake level is down and boaters should use caution as obstructions can appear as water levels drop.  Anglers have reported difficulty in loading and unloading their boat due to the low water levels.

ROSE CANYON LAKE — Rose Canyon is open.  Summer trout stockings has begun and will continue throughout the summer.  To view the entire summer stocking schedule go here:2013 Summer Stocking Schedule

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